Southampton’s Sadio Mane was offered to Liverpool, but they were not convinced the Senegal international was worth the money.
Liverpool’s transfer analysis has been vehemently criticised in recent years, both for the players signed and those that the club chose to ignore. Mane is now likely to be added to that latter list.
German journalist Raphael Honigstein told Sport1 that Mane was offered to Liverpool by Red Bull Salzburg before he moved to Southampton. However, statistical analysis of Mane failed to convince the club that he was worth the transfer fee. Mane eventually joined Southampton for €15m.
Mane has since been the subject of serious interest from Manchester United, although his form has tailed off this season.
Mane scored ten goals in his first Premier League season, including the fastest hat-trick in the history of the competition against Aston Villa in May 2015. He has scored five league goals and contributed six assists this season.
Absolutely frightening to think Liverpool's transfer committee turned down Sadio Mané because he did not meet their statistical criteria.
— The Anfield Observer (@AnfieldObserver) April 1, 2016